Lucrecia Martel

La Ciénaga

La Ciénaga

The release of Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways that political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of extraordinary tactility, and one of the great contemporary film debuts.

Film Info

  • Lucrecia Martel
  • Argentina
  • 2001
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #743

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Lucrecia Martel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Martel
  • New interview with filmmaker Andrés Di Tella about Martel and the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Oubiña

New cover by Fred Davis

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Lucrecia Martel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Martel
  • New interview with filmmaker Andrés Di Tella about Martel and the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Oubiña

New cover by Fred Davis

La Ciénaga
Cast
Martín Adjemián
Gregorio
Diego Baenas
Joaquín
Leonora Balcarce
Verónica
Silvia Baylé
Mercedes
Sofia Bertolotto
Momi
Juan Cruz Bordeu
José
Graciela Borges
Mecha
Noelia Bravo Herrera
Agustina
Maria Micol Ellero
Mariana
Andrea López
Isabel
Sebastián Montagna
Luciano
Mercedes Morán
Tali
Daniel Valenzuela
Rafael
Franco Veneranda
Martín
Fabio Villafañe
Perro
Credits
Director
Lucrecia Martel
Writer
Lucrecia Martel
Producer
Lita Stantic
Coproducers
Diego Guebel
Coproducers
Ana Aizenberg
Coproducers
Mario Pergolini
Spain coproducer
José María Morales
Director of photography
Hugo Colace
Editor
Santiago Ricci
Art director
Graciela Oderigo
Set designer
Cristina Nigro
Assistant director
Fabiana Tiscornia
Line producer
Marta Parga
Executive production assistant
Matiás Mosteirín
Sound
Hervé Guyader
Sound
Emmanuel Croset
Sound
Guido Berenblum
Sound
Adrián de Michele
Sound postproduction producer
Miléna Poylo

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